The Defense Intelligence Agency has suspended the security clearance it granted to former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's in the latest blow to the embattled retired general.
DIA spokesman James Kudla said the suspension took effect Tuesday night. That was one day after Flynn resigned after it was revealed that he had misled White House officials about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.
"We thought it was prudent to take a pause on his access to classified information," Kudla said, given "all the questions" around Flynn's conduct. He declined to be more specific.
Officially, Kudla said, the DIA was examining Flynn's "compliance with intelligence community security clearance directives."
Flynn did not immediately respond to NBC News' request for comment.
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Flynn was forced to resign after it became public that he misled White House officials when he told them he did not speak to the Russian ambassador about the U.S. sanctions on Russia. FBI transcripts show that the subject was discussed, officials say.
"The evolving, and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation in a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for General Flynn's resignation," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said told reporters on Tuesday.